Bhopal: Launching a scathing attack on the practice of politicians controlling various sports organisations in the country, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said `surgical strikes` are needed in sports as well to purge these organisations non-sports persons.
Speaking at a sports awards ceremony here, organised by the state`s Ministry of Sports & Youth Welfare, Chouhan said: "There should be the spirit of sports in politics and not the other way round. So, after surgical strikes against Pakistan and black money holders, there`s a need to launch surgical strike also in the field of sports."
Taking a dig at a number of political leaders controlling sports associations in Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere in the country, the Chief Minister said: "Sports bodies are being controlled by people who have nothing to do with sports. So, it`s time the authority to control such bodies is passed on to those directly associated with sports."
Badminton Olympian P.V. Sandhu, badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and state`s Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia were present on the occasion.